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Other Minds Audio Archive

Other Minds Archive

The Other Minds Archive features recordings of OM's past music festivals and concert productions, selected recordings of new music sent to us by composers from around the world, and selections from thousands of hours of audiotape recordings from the KPFA Radio Music Department collection, transferred to Other Minds in 2000. The KFPA tapes contain live conversations, interviews, and performances with many of the innovative musicians who created 20th Century new music. KPFA-FM is a part of the Pacifica Foundation's Radio Network. Visit them at Pacifica Radio Archives.

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Music, Arts & Culture

TOPIC
KPFA-FM 886
Music 509
20th Century Classical 410
Interview and Music 228
New Music 221
Interview 207
Electro-Acoustic 133
Electronic 125
Ode to Gravity series 87
Avantgarde 84
Morning Concert series 82
Avant-Garde 81
Sound Poetry 71
Spoken Word 70
Poetry 59
Chamber Music 58
World Music 57
Classical Music 56
Other Finds 55
Jazz 47
Lecture 45
Panel Discussion 44
Morning Concert Series 41
Soundscapes 40
Popular Music 35
20th century classical 33
Other Minds 33
Documentary 32
Opera 30
Ode to Gravity Series 29
Electronic music 28
Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium 28
Orchestral Music 27
World Ear Project 27
Modern Art 25
Minimalism 24
New music 24
Art Songs 23
Folk Music 21
San Francisco Chamber Music Society 21
John Cage 19
Electro-acoustic 18
Field Recordings 18
Other Minds Festival of New Music 18
Performance Art 18
George Antheil 17
Music Theatre 17
Unconventional Instruments 17
Microtonal Music 16
Literature 15
Piano Music 15
Improvisation 14
Interactive Art 14
music 14
new music 14
Avant-garde 13
Dane Rudhyar 13
Inter-Media 13
Text-sound compositions 13
Words series 13
Electronic Music 12
KPFA 12
Other Classical 12
Other Minds Festival 12
Speaking of Music series 12
Charles Amirkhanian 11
Current Events 11
Free Improvisation 11
New Music Seance 10
Sound Art 10
Aleatory music 9
Anthony Gnazzo 9
Experimental 9
Lou Harrison 9
Morning Concert 9
New Music America series 9
Visual Arts 9
Electro-Acoustic/Electronic 8
New Music America 8
Percussion music 8
Piano music 8
Radio Event series 8
jazz 8
world music 8
Audience Participation 7
Chamber music 7
Concerts by Composers 7
Harry Partch 7
KPFK-FM 7
Kay Boyle 7
Nicolas Slonimsky 7
WBAI 7
Clark Coolidge 6
Concerts 6
Conlon Nancarrow 6
Music: 20th Century Classical 6
New Sounds San Jose 6
Robert Erickson 6
Sound poetry 6
californialightandsound 6
Ambient sounds 5
Classical Guitar 5
Conceptual Art 5
Experimental Literature 5
Frank Zappa 5
Janice Giteck 5
John Adams 5
Leo Ornstein 5
Mechanical Music 5
Minimal Music 5
Pacifica Chamber Players 5
Panel discussion 5
Rock Music 5
Steve Reich 5
Terry Riley 5
World Ear Project series 5
panel discussion 5
Alvin Curran 4
Ambient Sounds 4
Bernard Heidsieck 4
Blues 4
Charles Reznikoff 4
Classical music 4
Composers 4
Computer music 4
Exploratorium 4
Henry Brant 4
Henry Cowell 4
Improv 4
Interviews 4
Ivan Wyschnegradsky 4
Lars Gunnar Bodin 4
Mixed Media 4
Motion Picture Music 4
Music and Interview 4
OM 17 4
Paul Dresher 4
Pauline Oliveros 4
Phil Elwood 4
Pierre Boulez 4
Robert Ashley 4
San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble 4
Source Program 4
electronic 4
electronic music 4
interviews 4
lecture 4
3
18th century classical 3
19th Century Classical 3
21st Century Classical 3
78's 3
Astrology 3
Charlemagne Palestine 3
Charles Shere 3
Choruses 3
Classical 3
Classical Music, Interview 3
Electroacoustic 3
Emanuel Carnevali 3
Evenings on the Roof 3
Guitar music 3
Han Reiziger 3
Indian music 3
Interactive art 3
KPFA-FM, Music 3
KPFK 3
La Monte Young 3
Laurie Anderson 3
Microtonal music 3
Monologues with music 3
Morton Subotnick 3
Motion picture music 3
OM 1 3
OM 11 3
OM 12 3
OM 14 3
OM 15 3
OM 16 3
OM 18 3
Philip Glass 3
Politics and Culture 3
Popular music 3
Prepared piano music 3
Richard Maxfield 3
Robert Hughes 3
Social Change 3
Sonatas 3
Source Magazine 3
Source Series 3
Spatial Music 3
Speaking of Music 3
Sten Hanson 3
Visual Art 3
Vocal 3
Vocalises 3
World music 3
documentary 3
electro-acoustic 3
interview 3
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English composer Michael Nyman performs works from the soundtrack to The Piano (Big my secret, Silver-fingered fling, The heart asks pleasure first) on solo piano at Other Minds 11 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Michael Nyman, piano.
Topics: Soundtrack, Minimalism
Source: Other Minds
Margaret Leng Tan performs the John Cage composition Suite for Toy Piano (1948) at the Other Minds Music Festival in 1999 at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. Margaret Leng Tan, toy piano. Ms. Tan plays the Schoenhut toy piano. According to Tan: Cage wrote his Suite for Toy Piano at Black Mountain College in North Carolina for Merce Cunningham's Diversion. Its five short movements use only nine consecutive white notes. As such it can ostensibly be played on virtually any toy piano, even one...
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical
Source: Other Minds
On December 3, 2005, Other Minds presented for the first time three concerts of new music summoning the spirits of composers past and present, in the spiritual setting of Bernard Maybeck's Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco. The following selections are from Concert II, "NUDE ROLLING DOWN AN ESCALATOR". Ruth Crawford Seeger Prelude No. 4; Prelude No. 9 (1924-28) Andrea Morricone 1 Studio (Etude No. 1, 2002, U.S. premiere) Kyle Gann Private Dances, excerpt: Saintly (2004) Sarah...
( 1 reviews )
Topics: New Music Seance, Other Minds, Concerts, New Music, 20th Century Classical
Professor Jess B. Bessinger, Jr. reads the general prologue and the concluding retraction of Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales.” One of the foremost experts on early English poetry, Bessinger offers a masterful recitation of this seminal work of literature, all in the original Middle English. The lyrical quality of Chaucer’s masterpiece is best appreciated when read aloud by someone fluent in the archaic form of English in which it was written. While most students have read at...
( 2 reviews )
Topics: KPFA-FM, Literature, Spoken Word
Tribute to late Russian-American giant features rendition of entire "Firebird" ballet as played on piano by Stravinsky. Also on the program is the Duo Concertant for violin and piano, Norwegian Moods, and Le sacre du printemps. Broadcast one day after Stravinsky's death.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, 20th Century Classical, Igor Stravinsky
Other Minds Audio Archive
by John Lennon/Paul McCartney, Toby Twining & Margaret Leng Tan
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Margaret Leng Tan performs the west coast Premiere special arrangement of The Beatles song Eleanor Rigby (arranged by Toby Twining) at the Other Minds Music Festival in 1999 at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. Margaret Leng Tan, toy piano
( 6 reviews )
Topics: Avant-garde, Rock & Roll, 20th Century Classical, Toy Piano
Source: Other Minds
Other Minds Audio Archive
by Charles Amirkhanian & Brian Eno
12,205
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Charles Amirkhanian and Brian Eno discuss Phonetic Poetry, how Brian writes his lyrics, and the spirit of inquisitiveness at KPFA Radio on Saturday February 2, 1980. Listen to some of Brian Enos pieces; After the Heat, Everything Merges With the Night, Another Green World, Spirits Drifting and sections of other pieces. Brian Eno also discusses the artist Peter Schmidt and their work on the Oblique Strategies Cards, being a producer, Process vs Product and looping. Reel I ends with some thoughts...
( 7 reviews )
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, New Music, Popular Music, Brian Eno
Source: Other Minds
Other Minds Audio Archive
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A selection of South Indian flute music by Tanjore Viswanathan. The master flute musician performs a number of ragas accompanied by five other musicians playing the violin and assorted traditional Indian instruments.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, World Music, Tanjore Viswanathan
Other Minds Audio Archive
by Steve Reich
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23
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A live performance of four early works by Steve Reich: "Four Organs", "My Name Is", "Piano Phase", and "Phase Patterns." This performance marked an important moment in San Francisco Bay Area new music history with the triumphant return to the East Bay by Reich, who studied at Mills College with Luciano Berio, and who performed the 1964 world premiere of Terry Riley's seminal work, “In C", at the San Francisco Tape Music Center. The resonant...
( 4 reviews )
Topics: Music, KPFA-FM, Minimalism, New Music, Steve Reich, University Museum, UC Berkeley
Source: Other Minds
Other Minds Audio Archive
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Master shehnai (Indian oboe) player Bismillah Khan plays three ragas, accompanied by unidentified tabla and tamboura players. Born in 1916, to a family of court musicians, Khan was perhaps the person most responsible for popularizing shehnai music in the modern era. This particular recording was made in the 1960s. Khan died in 2006.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, World Music, Bismillah Khan
Other Minds Audio Archive
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Phil Elwood presents a program on the evolution of Ragtime music from Scott Joplin to Jelly Roll Morton. The early composers of Ragtime saw themselves foremost as composers and looked down on the un-schooled musicians that later adapted ragtime into what became known as Jazz. Joplin in particular was rather conservative in his approach to Ragtime, and did little to include the swinging beat that was to be popularized by later musicians such as Jelly Roll Morton. Most of this music predates...
( 1 reviews )
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Jazz, Scott Joplin, Phil Elwood
John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish...
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical, Interviews
Source: Other Minds
La Monte Young is an American composer living in New York, where he is associated with the group of composers who have derived a good deal of their impetus from the music and personality of John Cage. He was a student at the University of California, where much of his early music was performed in the late 1950s. Since that time he has gone on to fame as a progenitor of the minimalist music movement. His hypnotic electronic and electric keyboard works, ranging from drones to blues and from equal...
( 2 reviews )
Topics: Avantgarde, Experimental, 20th Century Classical, Minimalism
Source: Other Minds
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and The San Francisco Museum of Art present John Cage and David Tudor Program John Cage: Duet for Cymbal (from Cartridge Music, 1960) (19:17) Christian Wolff: for 1, 2 or 3 people (23:36) John Cage: Variations IV (31:46) Recorded by KPFA Radio on the 39th birthday of David Tudor, this historic concert with John Cage thundered through the halls of the sculpture court of the San Francisco Museum of Art before a capacity audience that included the late...
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Music, New Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, david Tudor, John Cage
Source: Other Minds
A live recording of the complete experimental opera, “That Morning Thing” by Robert Ashley, possibly from the Dec. 8, 1969 performance at Mills College. Composed in 1967 this was Ashley’s second foray into the realm of avant-garde musical theater, and is a work for five principal voices, eight dancers, women's chorus and tape. The mainstream media’s reaction, as well as that of some in the audience, was notably mixed, however rather than being a commentary on the ultimate quality of the...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Opera, Music Theatre, Robert Ashley
Other Minds Audio Archive
by Jonathan Cott & John Cage
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4
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A lively 1963 interview of John Cage by Jonathan Cott. The discussion covers several aspects of Cages creative process and aesthetic. At every turn Cott antagonizes Cage with challenging questions. In addition, he quotes from numerous sources (including Norman Mailer, Michael Steinberg, Igor Stravinksy and others) criticizing Cage and his music. Includes a performance of Aria with Fontana Mix featuring vocalist Cathy Berberian. This program is notable particularly for the challenging stance of...
Topics: Interview, New Music, John Cage
Source: Other Minds
Laurie Anderson's record release party for O Superman 7" (and Walk The Dog) (released on 110 Records) on April 28, 1980 at The Kitchen in New York City. Charles Amirkhanian interviews Laurie Anderson, Bob George, John Gibson, Phill Niblock, Roma Baran and Ken Friedman. Like Hitchcock's "Rope" this slice of reality in one take features Amirkhanian wandering through a dense crowd of revelers, nabbing interviewees spontaneously as they appear in his peripheral vision. No splices!!
( 2 reviews )
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical
Source: Other Minds
Other Minds Audio Archive
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On December 3, 2005, Other Minds presented for the first time three concerts of new music summoning the spirits of composers past and present, in the spiritual setting of Bernard Maybeck's Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco. The following selections are from Concert I, "WALK IN BEAUTY". Dane Rudhyar Third Pentagram, excerpts: Stars, Sunburst (1926) Leo Ornstein Three Fantasy Pieces (1962, world premiere) Henry Cowell Aeolian Harp (19230 The Banshee (1925) Tides of Maunaunaun (1912)...
Topics: Other Minds, New Music Seance, Concerts, New Music, 20th Century Classical
Other Minds Audio Archive
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On February 12, 1988, KPFA dedicated an entire day to take a closer look at the music and career of Brian Eno, one of the most influential composer, performer, producer, and visual artist of our times. Eno joins Charles Amirkhanian in the studios of KPFA to assist in hosting a day of his music. In a number of far ranging interviews, some previously recorded and some live in the studio, Eno discusses his English adolescence and early musical influences, as well as sharing stories about his work...
Topics: Interview, Music, Popular Music, New Music, Rock Music, Ambient Music, Electronic Music, Video Art
Other Minds Audio Archive
by Stephan Micus
5,616
11
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The Music of Stephan Micus: Where In The World? By 2004, Stephan Micus (MEE-koos) has recorded over 20 solo albums of his multi-tracked, multi-ethnic music, mostly for the ECM Records label. But three decades earlier, the young musician stopped to visit WBAI in New York, and later Charles Amirkhanian at KPFA and left an hour-long tape of his music before disappearing into the ozone. From the original 1974 program description: Improvisations for wooden recorders, sitar, zither, cymbals, bamboo...
( 2 reviews )
Topics: Instrumental, Meditative, New Age, World Music
Source: Other Minds
Other Minds Audio Archive
by Stefan Hussong, John Cage, Keiko Harada, Adriana Hölszky
5,615
8
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Accordionist Stefan Hussong performs at Other Minds 10 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2004. Pieces include: Traditional Gagaku (Japan, 10th Century), Banshiki no Choshi John Cage, Dream (1948) Keiko Harada (1999), Bone+ (US Premiere) John Cage, In a landscape (1948) Adriana Höelszky, High Way for One for Accordion Solo (2000) (US Premiere) Stefan Hussong, accordion Polka and Conjunto step asidethis is accordion like youve never heard before. German-born Stefan Hussongs...
( 1 reviews )
Topics: 20th Century Classical, Avantgarde
Source: Other Minds
English Composer Michael Nyman performs his piano accompaniment to the silent film Manhatta (Paul Strand, 1920) at Other Minds 11 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2005. Michael Nyman, piano
( 2 reviews )
Topics: Minimalism, 20th Century Classical
Source: Other Minds
John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish...
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical, Interview
Source: Other Minds
Other Minds Audio Archive
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Gordon Spencer of WBAI in New York presents a program about Louis Hardin, more popularly known as Moondog. From the 1940s up until 1974 Moondog made his living as a street musician and poet in New York City and was typically found near the jazz clubs on 52nd Street. Blind since an accident when he was 16 years old, Moondog was always recognizable in his Viking helmet playing a variety of instruments, some of his own design. In this program Moondog talks about his interests, his influences and...
Topics: KPFA-FM, WBAI, Interview and Music, Jazz, Avant-Garde, Louis Hardin, Moondog
Phil Elwood presents the complete recordings of two concerts organized by John Hammond and given on the Christmas Eves of 1938 and 1939 at Carnegie Hall; featuring the best Swing, Blues, and Gospel musicians of the day. Performers include Charlie Christian, Lester Young, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Bill Broozy, and many others
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Jazz, Jazz Archives, Phil Elwood
John Cage reads: "On Robert Rauschenberg, Artist and His Work", published in his book Silence, and "26 Statements Re Duchamp", and "Jasper Johns: Stories and Ideas", both published in his book A Year From Monday. The lecture begins with an amusing and informative autobiographical introduction to his interest in art and artists, how he became a composer, and how he wrote each of these pieces. This lecture is of great historical value. Recorded at the L.A. County...
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Avantgarde, Spoken Word, 20th Century Classical
Source: Other Minds
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji was a British born composer, pianist, and author who wrote some of the longest and most difficult to perform works for the piano ever composed. Although a 20th century composer his works had more in common with the elaborate counterpoint of Bach than with the modern compositions of his contemporaries, such as Cage, Antheil, or Schoenberg. His compositions were so difficult to play that he actually forbid public performance of them for decades, so as to avoid them from...
( 1 reviews )
Topics: KPFA-FM, Documentary, New Music, 20th Century Classical, Shapurji Sorabji
Other Minds Audio Archive
by Henry Cowell
4,527
4
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Henry Cowell talks about his life and plays examples of his music from his entire career as a composer—a fascinating document. He mentions the diversity interests from his childhood, giving up violin at age 8, hearing Irish tunes hummed by his father, early American Ozark mountain tunes sung by his mother. Living in San Francisco, he was exposed to international influences, playing and humming along with his Japanese, Chinese & Tahitian playmates.
Topics: Documentary, New Music, Henry Cowell, Orchestral Music
Source: Other Minds
Composer Astor Piazzolla interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music Series in San Francisco, May 11, 1989. In this program, Astor Piazzolla reveals the history of tango, its derivation from the milonga, the development of the accordion-like bandoneon, and pivotal points in his own compositional career, importantly how he changed traditional tango to Nuevo Tango following his dismissal by teacher Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Piazzolla reveals the influences that...
Topic: 20th Century Classical
Source: Other Minds
Randy Weston and African Rhythms perform new and classic works of Weston's at Other Minds Music Festival 8 in 2002 at Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco California. The music, according to Robin D.G. Kelley, New York Times jazz critic and NYC African Studies Professor, "...pushes the African rhythms to the foreground and always tries to work within a framework true to the source, whether it's the West African dance music called highlife or sacred songs from Morocco. These forms fit...
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Jazz
Source: Other Minds
John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish...
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical, Interview
Source: Other Minds
Other Minds Audio Archive
by Morton Feldman, Charles Shere
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Morton Feldman Interviewed by Charles Shere, July, 1967. This wide ranging literate, and always fascinating conversation between composer Morton Feldman and writer/composer/journalist (and former KPFA music director) Charles Shere touches on the work of various composers, performers, artists, and writers. Feldman talks about ways of composing, including his own, and to what degree a composer is "on the make" with regard to his audience. The composers Feldman and Shere discussion...
Topics: Interview, 20th Century Classical
Source: Other Minds
Other Minds Audio Archive
by Toby Twining & Margaret Leng Tan
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Margaret Leng Tan performs the west coast premiere of Toby Twining's Satie Blues (1989), arranged by the composer for Margaret Leng Tan in 1995) at the Other Minds Music Festival in 1999 at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. Margaret Leng Tan, toy piano & piano. Ms. Tan plays the Schoenhut toy piano. According to Tan: Composer/vocalist Toby Twining's music and voice can be heard on his CD Shaman, featuring his vocal quartet, Toby Twining Music. Twining had made an earlier vocal...
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical
Source: Other Minds
William Burroughs press conference at Berkeley Museum of Art on November 12, 1974. Sponsored by the Pacific Film Archive. At a press release on an unidentified occasion, William Burroughs fields an array of questions, discusses relationships with or opinions on Paul Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Jose Delgado, Alfred Korzybski, et.al. as well as opinions on the women's movement, contemporary (1974) politics (Watergate, etc.), governmental methods of civilian control and the possibilities of...
( 1 reviews )
Topics: poet, poetry
Source: Other Minds
John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish...
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical, Interview
Source: Other Minds
Jazz violinist Billy Bang performs selections from his release Vietnam: The Aftermath and his upcoming release Vietnam Reflections at the 11th Other Minds Music Festival at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2005. Billy Bang Quintet Billy Bang, violin Ted Daniel, trumpet and horns Andrew Bemkey, piano Todd Nicholson, bass Michael Carvin, drums Composer, violinist and Vietnam veteran Billy Bang and his New York-based quintet present the world premiere of new selections from his...
Topic: jazz
Source: Other Minds
Other Minds Audio Archive
by Toby Twining & Margaret Leng Tan
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Margaret Leng Tan performs the west coast premiere of Toby Twining's Nightmare Rag (1989), arranged by the composer for Margaret Leng Tan in 1995) at the Other Minds Music Festival in 1999 at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. Margaret Leng Tan, toy piano & piano. Ms. Tan plays the Schoenhut toy piano. According to Tan: Composer/vocalist Toby Twining's music and voice can be heard on his CD Shaman, featuring his vocal quartet, Toby Twining Music. Twining had made an earlier vocal...
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical
Source: Other Minds
Other Minds Audio Archive
by Lou Harrison
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Music of Indonesia had haunted Lou Harrison from an early age to the point where he went to Asia to study. Upon his return, he decided to design and make Asian instruments using Western materials. With the help of Bill Colvig, they made two gamelans actually one that plays in two modes out of steel and aluminum tubes as well as slabs of aluminum. The gamelan is tuned to two separate modes of intonation (scale of overtones): U mode pentatonic scale and Gamelan 711 which includes prime numbers 7...
( 1 reviews )
Source: KPFA
Other Minds Audio Archive
by Edgar Varese, Nicolas Slonimsky, David Cloud
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This program was produced for broadcast on the 40th anniversary of the world premiere of Ionisation, a percussion work by Edgar Varese. Nicolas Slonimsky, who conducted that performance, reminisces about the event with David Cloud of KPFK. Recorded on March 6, 1973. Varese's music was one of the first pieces in Western Classical music history performed solely on percussion instruments. Using a variety of conventional (snare drum, bass drum) and unconventional sources (sirens, Lion's roar), the...
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Interview, New Music, Orchestral Music, Edgar Varese
Source: Other Minds
Other Minds Audio Archive
by Nicolas Slonimsky
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In these recorded comments by Slonimsky, his musical world (classical/avant garde) and that of Frank Zappa (popular/avant garde) came together primarily due to the publication of a book by Slonimsky on scales and harmonies that attracted Zappas attention. Slonimsky recounts his acceptance of an invitation by Zappa to play with his Rock Band. He also recounts how amazed he was when he observed Zappas scores for classical music which looked far out like something Edgar Varese would write, a...
( 1 reviews )
Source: Other Minds
On this installment of Ode to Gravity, Charles Amirkhanian unearths rare gems from Lou Harrison’s personal record collection. Amirkhanian focuses on percussion music from the late 1930s and early 1940s, broadcasting selections by American composers Harrison, Henry Cowell, Johanna Beyer and William Russell. Many of these recordings were made live at one of John Cage’s famous percussion concerts, in 1939 at the Cornish School in Seattle. The final selection features Leopold Stokowski...
( 1 reviews )
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity Series, Lou Harrison, Percussion Music, New Music, acetate discs, 78rpm
Other Minds Audio Archive
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From a concert recorded on July 27, 1966, a selection of traditional and contemporary Koto music. The concert begins with “Midare Rinzetsu,” which is roughly translated as “disorder” or “unorthodox.” It is for two kotos, and is in the dan-mono style of the Ikuta school, and is generally ascribed to the 17th century master koto player, Yatsuhashi Kengyō. This is followed by “Matsukaze” which means ”wind in the pines.” The work, which is believed to have been composed by the...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, World Music, Koto Music
Morton Feldman interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music Series in San Francisco, January 30, 1986. Charles Amirkhanian interviews Morton Feldman and asks right at the top: Is your music Hermetic? The answers take us on a whirlwind tour of this composers opinions, philosophy, criticisms, recollections and observations. There are excerpts from his Piano and String Quartet as well as his Violin Concerto. Feldman indicates that his compositions, which are usually...
( 1 reviews )
Topic: 20th Century Classical
Source: Other Minds
San Francisco's Del Sol String Quartet performs the San Francisco Premiere of Michael Nyman's String Quartet No. 3 (1989) at Other Minds 11 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Nyman's intensely moving String Quartet No. 3, composed in Armenia and redolent of sadness of the music of that oppressed people, is performed by Del Sol. Del Sol String Quartet Charlton Lee, viola Kate Stenberg, violin Rick Shinozaki, violin Monica Scott, cello
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Minimalism, 20th Century Classical
Source: Other Minds
John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish...
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical, Interview
Source: Other Minds
Margaret Leng Tan performs the west coast premiere of Alvin Lucier's piece Nothing Is Real (Strawberry Fields Forever) (1990) at the Other Minds Music Festival in 1999 at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. Margaret Leng Tan, piano & teapot with miniature sound system According to Lucier: In the Spring of 1990, Aki Takahashi asked me to write an arrangement of a Beatles song for her. She had just finished recording the complete piano music of Satie for Toshiba-EMI, the success of which had...
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical
Source: Other Minds
Other Minds Audio Archive
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Bernard Timberg analyzes the songs of Bob Dylan looking for Jewish themes and imagery. He identifies messianic longings in Quinn the Eskimo, references to Jewish burial practices in Masters of War, and finds significance in the fact that the initials of John Wesley Harding can be interpreted as the name of the Jewish God, YHWH. Issues such as social justice and a sense of out-sideness imbue the songs of Dylan as they do the history of the Jewish people. Timberg also interviews a number of...
( 2 reviews )
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Documentary, Folk Music, Bob Dylan
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by Laurie Anderson
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Having signed with Warner Brother Records, Laurie Anderson was soon to be at the height of her career in the mid-80s. This interview/lecture is incredibly insightful for both Anderson fans and those who have fond memories of the experimentation being done in the form of challenging and intelligent pop songs during the early to mid-80s. In part 1 of this interview before a live audience of 1000 at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music series in the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, Charles...
Topic: Avantgarde
Source: Other Minds
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by Igor Stravinsky & William Malloch
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In 1947, William Malloch possessed of a sense of history, recorded Igor Stravinsky rehearsing his new revision of his symphonies of wind instruments in memory of Debussy. The sound is antique but the picture of what Stravinsky is striving for musically comes through clearly enough. Malloch won runner-up honors in the Eighth Annual Armstrong Awards, the seventh national award his programs have won.
Topic: 20th Century Classical
Source: Other Minds
Other Minds Audio Archive
by John Cage
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Based on an interview with John Cage, conducted by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music in San Francisco, this Ode to Gravity program was heard nationwide over the NPR satellite. Amirkhanian begins with a quick history of Cage's musical upbringing, leading into an interview conducted with Cage during preparation for the San Francisco Symphony's "all-Cage" evening in 1983. The program opens with a performance of "Double Music" (1941) written jointly by...
Topics: Avant-garde, 20th Century Classical, KPFA, John Cage
Source: Other Minds
G. S. Sachdev performs an extended concert of music for bass flute, live from the KPFA Studio B. Mr. Sachdev had just completed his first year as a member of the faculty of Ali Akbar College in San Rafael. He is joined by a number of his students for this concert of classical Indian music. During the intermission, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Sachdev about his early training and career as a flute player.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, World Music, Classical Indian, G.S. Sachdev
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews Frank Zappa in anticipation of his appearance on Speaking of Music at the Exploratorium. Zappa discusses his digital re-mastering of his album "Lumpy Gravy" and other early works. The musical selections played during this program are not included in this recording.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Popular Music, Avant-Garde, Frank Zappa
From the Odeon recording “Beat and Bow” (MOAE-174) which was also later released by EMI (EALP-1312) three pieces of instrumental Hindustani music. The first work is for solo tabla and is the Teental rhythm (a cycle of 16 beats). The second piece is a Raga for sarangi and tabla and is also in the Teental rhythm. The third work is also for sarangi and tabla and is in the Deepchandi rhythm (a cycle of 14 beats). It is a Thumri, which means it is in a light classical mode. The basic melody for...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, World Music
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by Elliott Carter
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This program provides an overview of Carter's compositions from 1942 to 1978. It includes excerpts from several of his compositions including the Symphony No. 1 (1942), Piano Sonata (1945-6), Cello Sonata (1948) and Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Piano (1961). Importantly, the program includes recordings of complete performances of the Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello and Harpsichord (1952) with informative analysis by David Schiff (Carter's biographer). In addition, the String Quartet No. 2...
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Topics: Documentary, 20th Century Classical
Source: Other Minds
A performance of Morton Feldman’s Two Pieces for 3 pianos, by Robert Moran, Loren Rush, and the composer himself.
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Topics: Music: 20th Century Classical, Morton Feldman
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This program features a number of pieces by La Monte Young with such cryptic titles as “23 VIII 64 2:50:45-3:11AM, the volga delta” some of which can be played at various speeds, as demonstrated in this recording. Described as some of the most difficult music played on KPFA, Young’s music combines effectively the spirituality of the East with Western intellectual and technical interests. These performances are by La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela. (from KPFA Folio)
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electro-Acoustic, Avant-Garde, La Monte Young
One of the most dynamic groups in avant-garde rock music is San Francisco's own The Residents; an underground ensemble which has been composing anonymously and on tape since 1970. KPFA celebrates a decade of music by The Residents with this special three hour extravaganza hosted by Charles Amirkhanian and featuring Snakefinger (frequent guest artist with The Residents) and Jay Clem (promotion director for the group's label, Ralph Records). Tonight we’ll hear selections from the complete music...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, Popular Music, The Residents
Takashi Harada's 2002 recital for Ondes Martenot and piano at The Other Minds Music Festival 8 in San Francisco California. A Recital for Ondes Martenot and Piano Dedicated to the memory of Jeanne Loriod (1928-2001) Takashi Harada, Ondes Martenot Hiroko Sakurazawa, piano Pieces streamed in order: Andre Jolivet: Trois Poemes pour Ondes Martenot et Piano (1935) West Coast Premiere Ondes Serimpie Chant d'oppression Takashi Harada: Poison d'or, for Ondes & Piano (2001) U.S. Premiere Takashi...
Topics: 20th Century Classical, Music, Electro-acoustic
Source: Other Minds
Composer Maria de Alvear presents the world premiere of Gran Sol at the 11th Other Minds Music Festival at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2005. According to de Alvear, Gran Sol contemplates the gender of the brightest planet. Why is "el sol" a male noun in Spanish and "die Sonne" a female one in German? Find out as three outstanding female performers tackle the question. Alvear has been called by the Village Voice the most important emerging composer in...
Topics: Vocal, World Music, New Music
Source: Other Minds
Francis Dhomont performs Les moirures du temps (The shimmering ripples of time) (Feb. 1999, rev. 2001) and Phonurgie from Cycle du son (1998) at Other Minds 11 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2004. To purchase studio recordings of these pieces visit www.electrocd.com. French composer Francis Dhomont is one of the original proponents of electroacoustic music along with Pierre Schaeffer, founder of musique concrète. With no performer on stage and surrounded by a...
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Topics: 20th Century Classical, Avantgarde
Source: Other Minds
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From a program recorded in 1968, Tom Donahue interviews Frank Zappa about his life and work, and allows the irreverent rock star to present some of his favorite music. The ensuing free form program ranges from surf music, doo-wop, jazz, the blues, to the works of Pierre Boulez. The song selection is very informative for any fan of Zappa’s music, as one can easily trace the influence of all these styles on his own creative output, be it the cheesy harmonies of 1950s pop songs or the intricate...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Popular Music, Frank Zappa
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Visit the Oakland Museumâs Mechanical Musical Instrument exhibit that ran December 16, 1972 through February 4, 1973. Organized over a two year period by the museumâs curator, Gretchen Schneider, the exhibit held around eighty varieties of mechanical instruments from the turn of the (19th) century. Charles Amirkhanian visits the museum to interview Schneider and demonstrates a variety of the tunes played by the musical machines. Instruments on display range from the largest band organ to the...
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Topics: Oakland Museum, mechanical instruments, KPFA 1973, radiom.org, barrel organ, electric orchestrion,...
Charles Amirkhanian introduces the young American pianist Richard Bunger who has written a book entitled The Well Prepared Piano and has just released a fine album of new music for prepared and unprepared piano on Avant (AV 1008). Bunger plays music of John Cage, Henry Cowell, Harold Budd, and E. T. Paull live in the studio, and we hear other pieces from recordings, including The Perilous Night by John Cage, Prelude No. 4 for Piano and Tape by Morton Subotnick, and Chorale for Quarter Tone...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, New Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Prepared Piano
Anthony Braxton interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music Series in San Francisco, December 5, 1985. The distinguished composer and improvisor, recently appointed to the music faculty at Mills College in Oakland, discusses foundation materials for vocabulary and structural models in his music. Using the seminal composition JMK-80/CFN-7 (Composition 26b) which he premiered in 1971 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco, Braxton illustrates his new...
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Topics: Jazz, Interview
Source: Other Minds
An interview with Berkeley guitarist and composer Robbie Basho, one of the most innovative performers playing acoustically at the time of this recording. Robbie introduces music from his Vanguard record album "Zarthus" (1974) and talks with Charles Amirkhanian about world music influences in his recent work and his interest in American Indian music.
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, World Music, Folk Music, Robbie Basho
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by Harry Partch
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Harry Partch discusses receiving notariety using a scale of 43 separate tones and original instruments with references to his "Genesis of a Music." There is a brief introduction to "Twelve Intrusions," this recording which is played by five musicians under Partch's direction. The pieces are: Study in an Ancient Phrygian Scale, Study in the Ancient Greek Enharmonic Scale, The Rose, The Crane, The Wind, The Waterfall, The Letter, The Street, Vanity, Lover, Soldiers/War/Another...
Topics: Interview and Music, Microtonal music, , Unconventional Instruments, Harry Partch
Source: Other Minds
Legendary experimental guitarist Fred Frith performs improvisations at the 11th Other Minds Music Festival at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2005. Frith performed at the festival both as a soloist and as a member of the due Normal, alongside Sudhu Tewari, a Bay Area resident of Indian descent whose remarkable music is performed on homemade acoustic instruments. Since recording Guitar Solos in 1974, Frith has been regarded as one of a handful of radical innovators on the...
Topic: Improv
Source: Other Minds
Jean-Louis Derche traveled to India in the summer of 1971 and faithfully recorded temple music in several out-of-the-way locations. Even more remarkable are his unusual recordings made in the streets of Benares, Chidambaran, Madurai, Tanjour, and Trivandrum. Listen to the sounds of rickshas, a walk down a narrow street, craftsmen hammering metal, and the timeless flow of the Ganges River. His companion, photographer Monique Sidi, provided illustrations of the journey, for use in the September...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Other Finds, Soundscapes, World Music, Jean-Louis Derche
Steve Reich and Jon Gibson stopped off at the KPFA studio after a rehearsal for a performance scheduled for the next day at the UC Berkeley’s Art Museum. The discussion centers around Reich’s very unusual music and you will hear an East Coast performance of his Four Organs as well as an exciting recording of Ghanian drumming which Reich recorded in Ghana. They also introduce the music of Philip Glass, playing a tape of his Music in Similar Motion. The program ends with a discussion about...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Minimalism, New Music, Steve Reich, John Gibson
U.S. Concert Premiere of The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi (2001) by Michael Nyman performed by the Del Sol String Quartet with Soprano Cheryl Keller at Other Minds 11 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2005. Del Sol String Quartet Charlton Lee, viola Kate Stenberg, violin Rick Shinozaki, violin Monica Scott, cello Cheryl Keller, soprano Text by visual artist Mary Kelly, whose installation of a room-sized lint sculpture was the inspiration for the composition.
Topic: 20th Century Classical
Source: Other Minds
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On February 10, 1986, as part of it’s fund raising marathon, KPFA dedicated an entire day of programming to the music of Frank Zappa, including this four hour long segment, during which Zappa joined Charles Amirkhanian, live in the studio to talk about his work and his fight against censorship, as well as to take part in an hour long panel discussion on gang violence and its relationship to rock music and Satanism. Although much of the time is taken up with pleas for money, Zappa manages to...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Popular Music, Frank Zappa
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by Nicolas Slonimsky
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In this lecture and demonstration, Nicolas Slonimsky covers topics such as polytonality, atonality, scales, the perils of introducing the music of Charles Ives and Edgar Varese to the Hollywood Bowl audiences in 1933, polyrhythm, and The Grandmother Chord. He then recounts comments made about composers by their contemporary writers, e.g., there are criticisms of Chopin, Wagner and Stravinsky. A review of his experiences with Performance Art follows and is not to be missed. Answers to questions...
Topics: 20th Century Classical, Classical, Avantgarde
Source: Other Minds
Other Minds Audio Archive
by John Cage, Jack Hirschman
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This interview conducted by poet and broadcaster at KPFK FM Jack Hirschman was recorded in conjunction with John Cages visit to Los Angeles with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, performing at Royce Hall. Cage was to perform "45' for a Speaker" at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall in July 1963a kind of lecture performance. It was composed by chance operations related to the imperfections on the paper on which it was composed.
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Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical
Source: Other Minds
Phil Elwood presents a retrospective program dedicated to the music of Louis Armstrong a week after the great musician’s death. The first half of the program is dedicated to Armstrong’s early career in New Orleans during the 1920’s. In the second half of the program, Elwood focuses on recordings that Armstrong made in the 1930s when he had become popular outside of the strictly jazz, mostly African American community and had begun to perform more popular types of songs, including show...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Jazz, Louis Armstrong, Phil Elwood
David Byrne interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music Series in San Francisco, October 8, 1991. Charles Amirkhanian speaks with David Byrne about his new album, Uh-Oh--which was to be released in February, 1992--and the heavy Brazilian and Afro-Cuban influences he brought to the music on the album. Listen to a number of recordings and videos of Davids solo or collaboration work, along with a piece by another artist (Tom Ze). David also plays a couple of songs...
Topic: World Music
Source: Other Minds